Gov. Raimondo Announces
5th Consecutive Record Breaking Year
at the Port of Davisville
Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that the Port of Davisville at Quonset Business Park achieved its fifth consecutive record breaking year for automobiles imported by ship in 2014.
Governor Gina M. Raimondo
More than 178,000 automobiles were imported at the Port last year, with another 34,000 autos arriving by rail and 3,000 coming by truck. Vehicles arriving at the Port of Davisville are processed, finished and distributed across the country by North Atlantic Distribution, Inc. (NORAD), a long-time Quonset tenant.
"This milestone is a tremendous example of the private sector working together with the state to make us a leader on the global stage," Governor Raimondo said. "The priorities of my administration are to attract more entrepreneurs and to support our existing business, all while fostering innovation in government."
"The Port of Davisville has become one of North America's leading auto importers because we've modernized its infrastructure, marketed our strengths and because NORAD has grown to more than 300 people since it began operations here more than 25 years ago," she added.
Today's figures reflect an increase of close to 5,000 more automobiles arriving than in 2013. The Port of Davisville has been one of the Top Ten auto-importers in North America for the past several years. The Port is a key component of the Quonset Business Park, which is already considered one of the premiere business parks in New England and one of the largest in the Northeast. Quonset is now home to almost 200 companies, employing more than 10,000 people in full-time and part-time jobs across several industries.
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Wide World of Indoor Sports
The Wide World of Indoor Sports (WWIS) at Quonset Business Park has only been open for two years, but plans are already underway to build a second facility at the North Kingstown location. The first tenant at the Park to take advantage of Quonset's innovative Site-Readiness program, the WWIS will begin construction on an additional 29,900 square foot building later this year. The Quonset Development Corporation's Board of Directors approved a new lease with the WWIS to accommodate the expansion at its board meeting on January 20.
Expanding at Quonset
The new facility responds to an overwhelming response from the community to participate in the numerous youth and adult sports leagues at WWIS, including soccer, flag football, volleyball, field hockey, and lacrosse, to name a few. The second building will sit approximately 60 yards to the east of the original WWIS facility that opened in 2012. The expansion also includes the acquisition of a 1.7 acre parcel that will increase parking capacity by more than 60 new spaces. The original 92,000 SF facility supports close to 85 full and part-time jobs, while the new structure will create another 14 full and part-time jobs.
The WWIS was the first company to take advantage of the QDC's innovative Site-Readiness program which streamlines and expedites permitting on 35 pad-ready sites within the business park. Every site has all necessary permitting in place, including permits from DEM and CRMC.
Dan Fawcett, co-owner of the WWIS praised the QDC program at the time of the opening, "We can attest to the remarkable opportunity that the 'Site-Readiness' program affords the business community. It made a world of a difference in getting our new location built much faster than we ever anticipated."
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Veggie Box Now Delivering to Quonset!
Quonset Business Park residents now have the opportunity to treat themselves to the changing tastes of the seasons by signing up for their very own Veggie Box subscription.
Veggie Box is a service run by Farm Fresh Rhode Island that delivers fresh produce from farms throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts to local worksites, community centers, and other organizations across the region. Each delivery includes a box of about seven to nine different types of handpicked seasonal fruits and vegetables. Participants also receive a weekly E-newsletter to complement their goods. The newsletters provide descriptions for each product, new and unique recipes, and information about the different farms working with Farm Fresh Rhode Island.
Veggie Box is now delivering its fresh produce to several companies within Quonset, and hopes to add more stops to their delivery list. Boxes are available weekly from July to December and biweekly from January to June. Each box costs $25 per week, and payments are made in full for one month at a time. There is a $6 annual fee. To learn more about how you can have the Veggie Box program and sign up for their services visit www.farmfreshri.org/box.